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Baby Book Entry

Essie just started her own game of peek-a-boo with me; she is standing behind her highchair and peeking out at me with a huge smile. So so sweet. Some of her current abilities and habits to record right now:

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Chendra

chendra

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Cat ‘n’ Kettle

Cat ‘n’ Kettle

Mykala & Burro

Mykala & Burro

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Pronghorn

Pronghorn

I didn’t know a pronghorn was an animal. However, I have reaffirmed my love of Wikipedia:

Though not an antelope, it is often known colloquially in North America as the Prong Buck, Pronghorn Antelope, or simply Antelope, as it closely resembles the true antelopes of the Old World and one theory is that it fills a similar ecological niche due to convergent evolution. It is the only surviving member of the family Antilocapridae.

Burros #1

Burros #1

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Burros #2

Burros #2

Deer

Deer

Alex + Buffalo

Alex + Buffalo

Thought he might be hungry.

Mykala + Buffalo

Mykala + Buffalo

Alex the Parrot

My sister (who just got her PhD in applied mathematics) Katy sent me a great article about a talking, learning 5-year-old intelligence research parrot named Alex (parrot) - Wikipedia:

He called an apple a “banerry”, which Pepperberg thought to be a combination of “banana” and “cherry”, two fruits he was more familiar with.

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Summer Book

More good stuff from Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, The Best Kids’ Books Ever. Here’s his final selection:

13. “Lad, a Dog” is simply the best book ever about a pet, a collie. This is to “Lassie” what Shakespeare is to CliffsNotes. The book was published 90 years ago, and readers are still visiting Lad’s real grave in New Jersey — plus, this is a book so full of SAT words it could put Stanley Kaplan out of business.

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Fluffy Dogs

Cute dogs. Tumbledry humor. Linked! Iz jus outta da tumbledryer.

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Dixie the Tiny Dog

Dixie the Tiny Dog, by Peter Himmelman

And in the middle of the day I sit in the sun and I hear young children call me a wiener dog, perhaps that’s what I am
The Germanic term is dachshund, and I like that
I’m thin and I’m proud and no one can make fun of me
I can slip through the bars of a prison if I were ever incarcerated, but I don’t know what I would do wrong
My body yields no evil inclination, I’m a pure weiner dog

My name is Dixie, and I go dancing ‘cross the floor in the evening of the Johnsons when everyone is sleeping
Sometimes I look for a morsel of food, but they’re so clean they’re almost anal-retentive in their cleanliness habits and there’s nothing for me
But I don’t despair

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Turtle Pair

Turtle Pair

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Tired Lion

Tired Lion

Mykala with Giraffe

Mykala with Giraffe

It may look like Mykala was Photoshopped into this picture, but she was, in fact, not.

Pinecone Fascination

Pinecone Fascination

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Scampering

Scampering

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